World Bowls Events

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These are the premier World Bowls Events between national bowls organisations affiliated to World Bowls Ltd. The premier indoor event is the World Indoor Bowls Championships listed separately and is organised by the World Bowls Tour.

World Outdoor Championships

First held in Australia in 1966, the World Outdoor Bowls Championships for men and women are held every 4 years. From 2008 the men's and women's events are held together. Qualifying national bowls organisations (usually countries) are represented by a team of 5 players, who play once as a single and a four, then again as a pair and a triple. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each of the 4 disciplines, and there is also a trophy for the best overall team — the Leonard Trophy for men and the Taylor Trophy for women.
Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland compete as one Irish team.
The next World Outdoor Bowls Championships will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand from 28 November – 16 December 2016.

Men's Titles

Year Venue Singles Champion Fours Champions *
1966 Sydney, Australia  David Bryant (ENG)  Bill O'Neill, Gordon Jolly, Ron Buchan, Norm Lash (NZL)
1972 Worthing, England  Maldwyn Evans (WAL)  Peter Line, Ted Hayward Cliff Stroud, Norman King (ENG)
1976 Johannesburg, South Africa  Doug Watson (RSA)  Kevin Campbell, Bill Moseley, Nando Gatti, Kelvin Lightfoot (RSA)
1980 Melbourne, Australia  David Bryant (ENG)  Omar Dallah, Eric Liddell, George Souza Jr., Philip Chok (HKG)
1984 Aberdeen, Scotland  Peter Belliss (NZL)  Tony Allcock, John Bell, Julian Haines, George Turley (ENG)
1988 Auckland, New Zealand  David Bryant (ENG)  Jim Baker, Sammy Allen, John McCloughlin, Rodney McCutcheon (IRE)
1992 Worthing, England  Tony Allcock (ENG)  Angus Blair, Willie Wood, Alex Marshall, Graham Robertson (SCO)
1996 Adelaide, Australia  Tony Allcock (ENG)  John Bell, Andy Thomson, David Cutler, Brett Morley (ENG)
2000 Johannesburg, South Africa  Jeremy Henry (IRE)  William Thomas, Robert Weale, Stephen Rees, Mark Williams (WAL)
2004 Ayr, Scotland  Steve Glasson (AUS)  Jim Baker, Neil Booth, Noel Graham, Jonathan Ross (IRE)
2008 Christchurch, New Zealand  Saufan Said (MAS)  Gary Lawson, Russell Meyer, Richard Girvan, Andrew Todd (NZL)
2012 Adelaide, Australia  Leif Selby (AUS)  Aron Sherriff, Mark Casey, Brett Wilkie, Wayne Ruediger (AUS)
Year Pairs Champions * Triples Champions * Leonard Trophy
1966  Geoff Kelly, Albert Palm (AUS)  John Dobbie, Athol Johnson, Don Collins (AUS)  Australia
1972  Eric Liddell, Saco Delgado (HKG)  Dick Folkins, Clive Forrester, Bill Miller (USA)  Scotland
1976  Bill Moseley, Doug Watson (RSA)  Kevin Campbell, Nando Gatti, Kelvin Lightfoot (RSA)  South Africa
1980  Peter Rhueben, Alf Sandercock (AUS)  David Bryant, Tony Allcock, Jimmy Hobday (ENG)  England
1984  Skip Arculli, Jim Candelet, George Adrain (USA)**  Jim Baker, Sammy Allen, Stan Espie (IRE)  Scotland
1988  Peter Belliss, Rowan Brassey (NZL)  Phil Skoglund, Morgan Moffat, Ian Dickison (NZL)  England
1992  Alex Marshall, Richard Corsie (SCO)  Cecil Bransky, Lawrence Mendelsohn, Leon Bluhm (ISR)  Scotland
1996  Sammy Allen, Jeremy Henry (IRE)  George Adrain, Willie Wood, Kenny Logan (SCO)  Scotland
2000  Alex Marshall, George Sneddon (SCO)  Peter Belliss, Rowan Brassey, Andrew Curtain (NZL)  Australia
2004  Ryan Bester, Keith Roney (CAN)  David Peacock, Willie Wood, Jim McIntyre (SCO)  Scotland
2008  Gary Lawson, Russell Meyer (NZL)  David Peacock, Willie Wood, Wayne Hogg (SCO)  New Zealand
2012  Alex Marshall, Paul Foster (SCO)  Graeme Archer, Darren Burnett, David Peacock (SCO)  Australia

* Team order is Skip to Lead

** Jim Candelet was taken ill during the pool stages and had to withdraw from the championships. As the USA did not have an available substitute the organisers allowed George Adrain, a reserve with the Scottish team, to take his place for the rest of the tournament.

Women's Titles

Year Venue Singles Champion Fours Champions *
1969 Sydney, Australia  Gladys Doyle (PNG)  May Gridlan, Cathy Bidwell, Yetta Emanuel, Sarah Sundelowitz (RSA)
1973 Wellington, New Zealand  Elsie Wilkie (NZL)  Cis Winstanley, Verna Devlin, Noeline Scott, Irene Foote (NZL)
1977 Worthing, England  Elsie Wilkie (NZL)  Merle Richardson, Lorna Lucas, Connie Hicks, Dot Jenkinson (AUS)
1981 Toronto, Canada  Norma Shaw (ENG)  Mavis Steele, Betty Stubbings, Gloria Thomas, Eileen Fletcher, Irene Molyneaux (ENG)**
1985 Melbourne, Australia  Merle Richardson (AUS)  Frances Whyte, Annette Evans, Elizabeth Christie, Sarah Gourlay (SCO)
1988 Auckland, New Zealand  Janet Ackland (WAL)  Dorothy Roche, Norma Wainwright, Marion Stevens, Greeta Fahey (AUS)
1992 Ayr, Scotland  Margaret Johnston (IRE)  Senga McCrone, Frances Whyte, Janet Maxwell, Joyce Lindores (SCO)
1996 Leamington Spa, England  Carmen Anderson (NFK)  Daphne Shaw, Margaret Sumner, Marilyn Peddell, Gordana Baric (AUS)
2000 Moama, Australia  Margaret Johnston (IRE)  Anne Lomas, Patsy Jorgensen, Jan Khan, Sharon Sims (NZL)
2004 Leamington Spa, England  Margaret Johnston (IRE)  Amy Monkhouse Jean Baker, Ellen Falkner, Jayne Christie (ENG)
2008 Christchurch, New Zealand  Val Smith (NZL)  Karen Murphy, Claire Turley, Julie Keegan, Lynsey Clarke (AUS)
2012 Adelaide, Australia  Karen Murphy (AUS)  Margaret Letham, Caroline Brown, Lynn Stein, Michelle Cooper (SCO)
Year Pairs Champions * Triples Champions * Taylor Trophy
1969  May Gridlan, Elsie McDonald (RSA)  Cathy Bidwell, Yetta Emanuel, Sarah Sundelowitz (RSA)  South Africa
1973  Dot Jenkinson, Lorna Lucas (AUS)  Cis Winstanley, Noeline Scott, Irene Foote (NZL)  New Zealand
1977  Helen Wong, Elvie Chok (HKG)  Enid Morgan, Margaret Pomeroy, Joan Osborne (WAL)  Australia
1981  Nan Allely, Eileen Bell (IRE)  Lena Sadick, Rae O'Donnell, Linda King (HKG)  England
1985  Merle Richardson, Fay Craig (AUS)  Mavis Meadowcroft, Norma Massey, Dorothy Roche (AUS)  Australia
1988  Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan (IRE)  Dorothy Roche, Marion Stevens, Greeta Fahey (AUS)  England
1992  Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan (IRE)  Frances Whyte, Janet Maxwell, Joyce Lindores (SCO)  Scotland
1996  Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan (IRE)  Hester Bekker, Barbara Redshaw, Jannie de Beer (RSA)  South Africa
2000  Joyce Lindores, Margaret Letham (SCO)  Anne Lomas, Sharon Sims, Patsy Jorgensen (NZL)  England
2004  Jo Edwards, Sharon Sims (NZL)  Loraine Victor, Jill Hackland, Trish Steyn (RSA)  England
2008  Jo Edwards, Val Smith (NZL)  Lorna Smith, Loraine Victor, Sylvia Burns (RSA)  Australia
2012  Rebecca Quail, Kelsey Cottrell (AUS)  Karen Murphy, Lynsey Clarke, Natasha Van Eldik (AUS)  Australia

* Team order is Skip to Lead.

** Irene Molyneux played in the 1981 Fours & Pairs as an injury replacement helping England to the Fours Gold medal.


Country Men Women Total
 Australia 6 12 18
 New Zealand 7 9 16
 Scotland 8 5 13
 England 9 3 12
 Ireland 5 7 12
 South Africa 4 6 10
 Hong Kong China 2 2 4
 Wales 2 2 4
 United States 2 0 2
 Canada 1 0 1
 Israel 1 0 1
 Malaysia 1 0 1
 Norfolk Island 0 1 1
 Papua New Guinea 0 1 1

World Junior Championships

The first World Junior Championships were held at Broadbeach Bowling & Community Club, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from 10–16 November 2014. This event is for bowlers under 26 years of age.

Year Venue Singles Women Singles Men Mixed Pairs
2014 Broadbeach, Australia  Chloe Stewart (AUS)  Dylan Fisher (AUS)  Auni Fatiah Kamis, Mohd Fairus Abdul Jabal (MAS)
2015 Broadbeach, Australia  Kristina Krstic (AUS)  Ryan Burnett (SCO)  Ben Twist, Kristina Krstic (AUS)

World Champion of Champions Singles

  • Contested annually between bowlers who have won their respective national singles title.
  • The next competition will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand from 24–30 November 2014.
Year Venue Women Men
2003 Moama, Australia  Liz James (SWZ)  Douw Calitz (NAM)
2004 Warilla, Australia  Margaret Johnston (IRE)  Ali Forsyth (NZL)
2005 Christchurch, New Zealand  Nor Iryani Azmi (MAS)  Mark Walton (ENG)
2006 Christchurch, New Zealand  Julie Saunders (ENG)  Darren Burnett (SCO)
2007 Warilla, Australia  Alison Merrien (GGY)  Tony Grantham (NZL)
2008 Aberdeen, Scotland  Kathy Pearce (WAL)  Leif Selby (AUS)
2009 Ayr, Scotland  Kelsey Cottrell (AUS)  Brett Wilkie (AUS)
2010 Norfolk Island  Jan Khan (NZL)  Aron Sherriff (AUS)
2011 Hong Kong, China  Jo Edwards (NZL)  Thomas Geechan (JER)
2012 Paphos, Cyprus  Sandra Keith (NZL)  Hizlee Abdul Rais (MAS)
2013 Christchurch, New Zealand  Karen Murphy (AUS)  Thomas Bishop (ENG)
2014 Christchurch, New Zealand  Lorna Smith (SCO)  Iain McLean (SCO)
2015 Brisbane, Australia  Emma Firyani Saroji (MAS)  Neil Mulholland (IRE)

World Cup Singles

  • Contested annually between bowlers from national bowls organisations.
  • The inaugural event (2005) was held in Hong Kong. Since then the venue has been Warilla, New South Wales.
  • The World Cup is played indoors, while the Junior World Cup (for players aged under 25) was usually played outdoors.
Year World Cup
Women Men
2005  Grace Chu (HKG)  Mark Casey (AUS)
2006  Shirley Choy (CAN)  Neil Speirs (SCO)
2007  Judy Nardella (AUS)  Kelvin Kerkow (AUS)
2008  Alison Merrien (GGY)  Safuan Said (MAS)
2009  Jo Edwards (NZL)  Leif Selby (AUS)
2010  Jo Edwards (NZL)  Leif Selby (AUS)
2011  Jo Edwards (NZL)  James Talbot (IRE)
2012  Alison Merrien (GGY)  Jeremy Henry (AUS)
2013  Jo Edwards (NZL)  Jeremy Henry (AUS)
2014  Caroline Brown (SCO)  Jeremy Henry (AUS)
2015  Siti Zalina Ahmad (MAS)  Iain McLean (SCO)
2016  Carmen Anderson (NFK)  Jeremy Henry (AUS)

Year World Junior Cup
Women Men
2005  Lynsey Clarke (AUS)  Safuan Said (MAS)
2006  Lynsey Clarke (AUS)  Wayne Hogg (SCO)
2007  Melanie Macaulay (AUS)  Barry Kane (NIR)
2008  Melanie Macaulay (AUS)  Aron Sherriff (AUS)
2009  Genevieve Baildon (NZL)  Craig England (SCO)
2010  Samantha Shannahan (AUS)  Andrew Kelly (NZL)
2011  Clare Hendra (NZL)  Ben Twist (AUS)

Atlantic Cup

Effectively a qualifying event for the 2016 World Bowls Championship.

Men's Titles

Year Venue Singles Champion Fours Champions Pairs Champions Triples Champions Team Champion
2015 Paphos, Cyprus England
Jamie Walker
Greg Davis, Scott Ruderham, Cyril Renouf, Gus Hodgetts
Republic of Ireland
Gary Kelly, Ian McClure
Paul Taylor, Steve Harris, Rob Weale

Women's Titles

Year Venue Singles Champion Fours Champions Pairs Champions Triples Champions Team Champion
2015 Paphos, Cyprus Republic of Ireland
Catherine Beattie
Bex Craig, Lorraine Malloy, Stacey McDougall, Claire Johnston
South Africa
Nici Neal & Colleen Piketh
Republic of Ireland
Erin Smith, Bernie O’Neil, Sandra Bailie

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